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Pilot plant for synthesis gas
The pilot plant for the manufacture of BioDME from synthesis gas. Photo Tomas Bergman

Major investment in renewable energy

Published: 27 December 2012

First half of 2013 will be the foundation for a major initiative of the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in renewable energy supported by funding from the Swedish Energy Agency. Phase 2 is scheduled for another 2.5 years and efforts are broad research on "green fuels". With this as the basic planning the university will generate projects for a total of just over a quarter of a billion (SEK).

Johan Sterte, Vice Chancellor, LTU
Johan Sterte, Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology

- It is very gratifying that the Swedish Energy Agency, related to our application, realized what a fantastic research resource we have by high expertise and access to industry-related research facilities in Piteå. Thanks to that, we have also been able to sketch out an extensive research program of world-class, says Johan Sterte, Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.

The Agency has recently, in an initial decision, granted 10 million (SEK) to LTU's strategic focus on renewable energy. Black liquor gasification to synthesis gas and a plant for the production of green diesel BioDME will be included. Additional 50 million (SEK) to fund Phase 2 of the project is budgeted by the Swedish Energy Agency to initiate an initial research programs and ensuring access to the facilities in Piteå. University previous research in black liquor gasification undertaken with industrial and academic partners has by the Agency's mission been reviewed by an international panel of experts which were rated as "world class".

But that's not all because during the first half of 2013 Luleå University of Technology is planning a huge investment, with the initial research in Phase 2 as a basis. Applications from the University which includes more detailed projects totaling over a quarter of a billion will be submitted in 2013.

Key people important for the initiative has been employed with the task of laying the foundations for the research as part of Phase 2 and more developed after that. The entire project will run until 2017 and includes a number of sub-projects to produce green biomass fuels. An example of sub-projects is that more forms of biomass will be converted to syngas and other new technologies for the conversion of synthesis gas to be studied. There are already companies that expressed interest to be involved in this, where a window of opportunity opens up for more companies to participate by financing with the possibility of using the research results generated by the project.